From the unconventional and awe-inspiring to the hilarious and heartwarming, here’s a look at some of the most interesting photos, videos and stories that have our newsroom talking today. What’s capturing your attention, filling your inbox and cluttering your Facebook/Twitter feed? Tweet us the stories you’re talking about using #InstantIndex or email us at ABC.WorldNews@abc.com and they could appear on World News.
Tonight’s Instant Index:
Women Take the Senate
Women used to be rare in the halls of the Senate, but as of last week’s election there will be a record number. Today, 20 female senators, several just elected, assembled together. ”W/ 20 women we had our first-ever in U.S. history traffic jam in women senators’ restroom. #somerecordsmustbebroken” Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar tweeted.
Twinkies on the Brink?
The Twinkie may be poised for extinction. Hostess Brands Inc. says it will be forced to liquidate the entire company if its striking employees do not return to work. An announcement on whether the company will enter bankruptcy is expected Friday morning.
Toy Hall of Fame
“Stars Wars” action figures and Dominoes beat out green army men, Lite-Brite, Twister, the board game Clue and many other childhood staples to be inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame today. The class of 2012 brings the number of toys in the hall of fame to 49 with today’s inductees joining the likes of Play-Doh and Slinky.
Rare White Humpback Whale Seen Off Norway
A rare white humpback whale was spotted off the coast of Norway by maritime engineer Dan Fisher, according to the Daily Mail. Fisher, 32, said he’s worked at sea for 10 years and has never seen anything like it. The whale likely suffered from a leucism, a condition that reduces pigmentation.
Galapagos Islands Try to Kill 180 Million Rats
The second phase of the Galapagos Island’s rat eradication program began today with a helicopter prepared to drop more than 20 tons of poison. Authorities say the goal is to rid the islands of all non-native rodents by 2020. The invasive species have been hurting local bird and reptile populations by feeding on the eggs and hatchlings.
ESPN Hosts Quote ‘The Princess Bride’ Throughout NFL Show
On Sunday, ESPN’s episode of “NFL Kickoff” turned into a “Princess Bride” quote book. Hosts Trey Wingo, Mark Schlereth and Tedy Bruschi did their darnedest to include quotes from the movie anywhere and everywhere throughout the show. Buzzfeed has put together a clip reel of the shenanigans.